17 Aug

Number One Tips For Renovating In Sydney – 2106

Whether you are renovating your home or developing old properties for profit, my 16 years of renovating via the ‘school of hard knocks’ has taught me a few lessons worth passing on. You can save a fortune bu following these tips:

Tip One – Never Employ Kitchen or Bathroom ‘renovation’ Companies

You must have seen ads for a bathroom renovation saying ” new bathrooms from $16,000″ or “new kitchens from $18,000” – FORGET IT!

Part One – New Bathrooms

In my experience a modern, sleek bathroom renovation, assuming no change in plumbing location is required, should cost you no more than $8000! – YES, $8,000

How is this possible?? Here’s how:

  1. subcontract out all services – plumbers, electricians and tilers
  2. a good tiler can tile a bathroom for $1,000 – YES $1,000
  3. a plumber can plumb a new bathroom for $1,500
  4. a decent electrician can rewire a bathroom for around $900 depending on the lights, exhaust systems and heated towel rails you need
  5. new vanities cost $200 – $500
  6. bath tubs cost a measly $300
  7. shower cubicles cost $500
  8. tiles – well, an entire bathroom full of tiles, floor to ceiling can be your for less than $400 – YES, $400

bathroom renovation

In part 2 we look at the in’s and out’s of saving tens of thousands of dollars on that new kitchen or bathroom and how to find a good tiler, plumber or sparky.

17 Aug



This is the official blog of James Cleveland. I am an avid renovator living in Sydney, Australia, I have renovate over 14 properties in inner west Sydney and the eastern suburbs of Sydney and this blog provided ideas and tips and recommendations for fellow “would be home renovators”. My background is in civil engineering but i gave that away in 2001 to effectively become a full time renovator which i love. I look forward to sharing my renovating up’s and down’s and in’s and out’s and let you access my world in 2016!

Paddington Terrace House Renovation 2014

Paddington Terrace House Renovation 2014